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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Finding Common Ground in Religion at Easter
It is both ironic and hypocritical that Justin Trudeau wrote a book entitled Common Ground. That was just another lie in a long line of lies he promotes. He wants to share common ground with Xi Jinping's brand of Communism that kills common ground with everyone else and their civil liberty. It censors and oppresses anyone who disagrees with them. There is absolutely no attempt whatsoever to find common ground with people who disagree with their brand of totalitarianism.
Just look at how Justin Trudeau and the fake news defamed and trampled the largest peaceful protest in Canadian history. There was no attempt whatsoever to speak with them and find common ground. That's because Justin Trudeau is a liar. We can all see that now.
The Communist Manifesto eronourly claims that the history of all conflict has been one of class struggle. Eliminate the classes and you eliminate the struggle. Everything about that statement is a lie. In Xi Jinping's brand of Communism there are two classes - us and them. It is an empire of lies built by and maintained with slave labour. Back in the day everyone use to be in an uproar if Nike or some other brand made their products in a sweatshop. Now Winnie the Pooh claims that it's good business. He lies and says there are no labour camps. As soon as they get exposed he lies and says we closed that one down when they just moved it to a new location.
Just like organ harvesting. First they lie and say oh we're not doing that. Then when they are caught they say oh we stopped doing that a long time ago when they most certainly haven't. Their lies hide a great evil. The Uyghurs in Communist China have learned that there is no freedom for them in Xi Jinping's brand of Communism only oppression.
This means right now all religions have a common ground. This also means all atheists who believe in freedom have something in common with all the world's religions. I want to say a few words about past history that will hopefully help to heal the hurt so we can all move forward together united in a common cause.
Muslims believe in the Old Testament. They recognize the legitimacy of Moses. They also believe in the prophet Mohammed. They conceded that the Jews were considered the chosen people at the time of Moses but believe they were rejected by God when they rejected the prophet Mohammed. Jews and Muslims are both circumcised and live the same dietary laws. They call one kosher they call the other halal. It's the same thing. Allah and Jehovah are the same God. One is Arabic the other is Latin. In Hebrew it's Yahweh. It's different languages not different Gods. In English we say God while in French they say Dieu. It's the same God just a different language.
Personally I hate the term chosen people. It is a misconception. God is not a respecter of persons and any nation that fears him and works righteousness is accepted of him. Every nation. I prefer the term covenanted people because at the time of Moses that's exactly what the Jews became. Before they were able to build the temple Moses built a tabernacle in the wilderness where the children of Israel were brought into the bond of the covenant. They made a covenant to serve God and to keep his commandments which were many.
A covenant is a two way promise. You promise something, God promises something in return. You break your promise and you have no claim on the blessings associated with that covenant. Moses spelled out the dramatic details of the blessings and cursings associated with keeping and breaking your covenant with God. It's straight up nasty.
My point is, all religions teach the golden rule - treat others the way you want to be treated because as ye sow so shall ye reap. That means all religions have something in common. When Joshua brought the children of Israel into the promised land he was not given all the land. He was forced to share it with others. God then commanded them to vex not the stranger that sojourneth with thee nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt and lays out harsh consequences if they break that covenant. It's all very dramatic and extreme.
When will we finally grow up and learn to share? It really is that simple.
As for Jews and Christians, let's put the law God gave them into perspective.
There are a few flat earthers and holocaust deniers out there that like to misquote a scripture in the book of Revelation and take it completely out of context. It makes a reference to the synagog of Satan. John was addressing religious hypocrisy not Judaism. Jesus was a Jew. So was John, the guy who wrote that. The term could apply to any religion including Christianity and especially flat earthers and holocaust deniers. Jesus said take the board out of your own eye before you take the speck out of your neighbours eye. That saying applies here.
Most religions strive to follow God and become his children. However, hypocrisy becomes a roadblock on that quest. If we say one thing and do another then we are no longer children of God, we become children of the Devil because that same spirit that has power to possess us in this life will have power over us in the life hereafter. Paul was very eloquent and said we become bastards, children of someone else referring to the Devil.
The one that says he is not risen is celebrating the Passover and compares it to a cracker. During the Passover you're not allowed yeast. It has to be unleavened bread symbolic of the Jews flight from Egypt. They were traveling and didn't have time to let yeast rise. So to remember that, they only eat unleavened bread during the Passover.
When I was on a kibbutz in Israel they told me they were sending me to a non religious Kibbutz. It didn't matter to me either way. I was there to see what it was like. During the Passover they had a special meal called the sedar. Everything was symbolic - horseradish symbolized the bitterness of the hardship. The unleavened bread which I already mentioned. There were many symbols designed to help them remember that dramatic event.
I asked the guy who was in charge of the volunteers, I thought you said this was a non religious kibbutz? It is he said. This isn't religion. This is a part of our history. I guess it is. The fact that the jews escaped slavery in Egypt is a historical fact. They're grateful to be free and sometimes overzealous to make sure that doesn't happen again.
The third picture was a dough boy that said he's off limits until sundown meaning he's fasting. Jesus, like Moses, fasted for 40 days. Muslims do the same. They fast during the day and eat after the sun has gone down during Ramadan. Intermittent fasting is actually very healthy.
My point is the awkwardness and defensiveness over the resurrection. So I'm going to set the record straight. The holocaust deniers get all bent out of shape over the fact that the Jews crucified Christ. Which kinda proves they are lying when they say the holocaust never happened. They just think they deserved it for crucifying Christ. Not. I'm responsible for what I do not for what my great grandfather did. The religious and political leaders at the time of Christ were kind of messed up. A lot like now. Christ called them liars, hypocrites and extortionists and they said away with him. He's sent from the Devil.
Josh McDowell wrote two very good books about Jesus' trial. One was called More than a Carpenter. The other was Evidence Demands a Verdict. Those two books had a profound influence on my life when I was young. After that he wrote several books that were pretty messed up but the logical arguments in those two books set me on a path for the rest of my life.
He pointed out that Jesus' trial was a farce. They violated all kinds of procedures. It wasn't supposed to be held a night. It was a gong show. All the witnesses contradicted each other and they had nothing on him until finally they asked Art thou the Christ? All he had to do was say nope and walk away. Except he didn't. He looked them in the eye and said yes I am.
That's when they all freaked. What more evidence do we need? He has convicted himself by his own testimony. We need to clarify a few things here. Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. Either that was true or it was absolute blasphemy. The law required he be put to death for blasphemy. I cannot overemphasize the dramatic nature of Christ's claim. He said before Abraham was I am. He claimed to be the person who spoke to Moses in the burning bush. I think we can all understand how the leaders at the time thought that was blasphemy. He claimed to be Jehovah.
The old testament law was dramatic and extreme. I still have a difficult time processing it. When Moses came down from the mountain they were all dancing naked around a golden calf. Moses was like WTF?! He was pissed and broke the tablets.
The children of Israel had spent a great deal of time living in slavery. They weren't ready for their freedom yet. Moses goes back up the mountain and comes back with a second set of tablets. These were like do this, do that don't do that. It was a lesser law because they weren't ready for the higher law. It wasn't just a lesser law, it was straight up nasty.
If you broke the sabbath, you were to be stoned to death. If you committed adultery, you were to be stoned to death. If you were a rebellious son, you were to be stoned to death. Martin Luther King said the old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. He's right, it does. It's hard to conceive how they survived without killing everyone for crazy infractions.
That's the law that Jesus gave them. So when they blame the Jews for crucifying Christ we have to blame the law that Jesus gave them. The apostle Paul wrote two thirds of the New Testament. Paul was a Jew. In fact he was a defender of the faith killing Christians for blasphemy.
Finally Christ appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and said Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me? He was like, my bad. I thought I was doing what you told me to do. Paul repented and changed his ways. If we can forgive Paul, then we can forgive the Jews because as we all know, his atonement was foretold and had to happen. Especially when we probably would have done the same thing ourselves. Born Agains freak out and say Joseph Smith was a false prophet because he claimed to see Jesus standing at the right hand of God. I'm like STFU. They killed Stephen for saying the exact same thing. You are no better than they are.
These fake Christians have no idea what they're talking about. They have a misguided concept of the Trinity that was taught to them by Constantine. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed that his followers may be one. Then he said in the same sense that Jesus and his Father are one. That doesn't mean every Christian shares the same body.
I remember on my mission there was one missionary that was a bit rough around the edges. He got in an argument with a born again minister over the doctrine of the trinity and loses it. He yells out who was Jesus freaking praying to in the Garden of Gethsemane? Himself?! I laughed out loud when I heard that. I shared his frustration because it's such a simple concept some people just don't get. Christ often said he would be seen seated at the right hand of God and they always said that was blasphemy. They still do.
To be perfectly honest I like Muslims a lot more than born agains because Muslims aren't so crazy and intolerant. Intermittent fasting is good for you. There's nothing wrong with it and there's nothing wrong with wearing a hijab. Hijab, sari what's the difference? A nun's headdress or a Jewish hat - who cares? What people wear doesn't matter. What they are and do does.
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I think you're pretty bang on here. Alot of wars were geopolitical, no one's screaming "this is for Jesus!" as they're murderingReplyDelete